VICTORIA SQUARE DOME - Located within the Victoria Square shopping mall (the largest such venue in the city) is the 115 foot diameter, glass enclosed dome. Made up of 364 individual rectangular panes of four-times glazed glass, this iconic structure offers a 360 degree view of Belfast.
EUROPA HOTEL - Opened in 1971 on the former site of the Great Northern Railway Station, this 270 room hotel has hosted Prime ministers, Presidents, and celebrities. During the Belfast Conflicts known as “The Troubles”, this is where most of the world’s journalists stayed and it became known as “... the most bombed hotel in Europe (36 times)” , earning the nickname as “The Hardboard Hotel.” The Europa has been featured in two documentaries, “Lobby Lives” and “The Europa Hotel - Bombs, Bullets, and Business as Usual.” It was also featured in episode 11 of season three of “Sons of Anarchy.”
OPERA HOUSE - Considered the best example of oriental-style architecture in the United Kingdom, Belfast’s Opera House opened, next to the Europa Hotel, in December of 1895. Nine years later, it was temporarily renamed the “ Palace of Varieties,” only to revert back to its original title in 1909. During the 1920’s and 1930’s, it played host to variety performances, while throughout World War II it was a repertory theater. From 1961 until 1972, the building functioned as a cinema, returning to its original function as a place for opera in 1980.